According to Electrical Safety First, in 2015/16, electrical fires caused an average of 27 injuries a week and over half of England’s fires were caused by electricity.*
Our leading claims solicitors for electricians injured at work are here to help you claim the compensation you deserve. If you suffer an injury due to someone else’s negligence or if you want to claim on behalf of a loved one, contact us today for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.
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Electrical injury explained
As an electrician, working with high voltage and electrical currents is your daily business and you have to follow certain safety procedures and use specific equipment to stay safe. However, due to faults in equipment or insufficient training, accidents can still happen.
The most common injury as an electrician is suffering an electric shock. Depending on the appliance, the electric current, the voltage and the circumstances of the accident, an electric shock can lead to serious injury or death. The main causes of electric shocks in the workplace are:
- Working with untested electrical equipment
- Unqualified staff being asked to work on electrical equipment
- Faulty or malfunctioning equipment
If one of the following caused you an injury, your employer has failed in their duty of care to protect you from harm in the workplace.
Most common causes and types for an electrical injury
Electricians are usually well trained and know how to avoid mistakes when electrical currents are present. Other workers will not have this knowledge and can be at risk in their daily work with poorly maintained equipment:
The most common symptoms after an electric shock are the following:
- Burns: both minor and life-threatening
- Muscle spasms
- Breathing difficulties
- Irregular heartbeats
- Cardiac arrest
- Broken bones due to muscle spasm
- Damage to the nervous system
What can I claim for?
If you have experienced an electrical injury, you can claim compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- House modifications
- Rehabilitation and treatment
What do I do if a colleague suffers an electric shock?
- If your colleague suffers an electric shock, do not touch them! Physical contact will conduct the electric current and you will also receive a shock.
- Ensure you turn off the power at the wall switch or the fuse box before making physical contact to check they are breathing.
- Smother any flames with a damp cloth, but don’t let it stick to any burns.
- If necessary call an ambulance and perform CPR.
How much can I claim for an electrical injury?
It completely depends on your injury and the impact it has on your life. If the injury was caused due to someone else’s negligence, your claim for pain and suffering could be worth several thousands of pounds. For more information call us on freephone 0800 083 5045 or try our online personal injury claims calculator.